and Australian marine archeologists intend to embark on a 5-year
plan to discover possible ships wrecked in Iran’s territorial
waters of the Persian Gulf, though their plan awaits the
go-ahead from National Heritage authorities.
In recent years Iranian marine archeologists have managed to
discover some artifacts and relics that indicate some ancient
ships and military armada are lying on the sea floor.
“Now after some negotiations with experts of marine archeology
at Sydney University, a team is set up and plans to start its
excursions in the Persian Gulf as soon as receiving a green
light from Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO),”
said Mahmood Mir-Eskandari, head of the team.
CHTO has approved the plan in principle and its chairman Hussein
Marashi recently ratified a contract to buy a specialized
submarine for underwater excavations.
The marine archeology department of CHTO was set up 3 years ago,
but has made little progress due to lack of proper equipment.